NER Out Loud animates stories and poetry with vocal performances, celebrating the artistic exchange between text and voice. NER Out Loud is the official podcast of the New England Review
Episode 21: A. E. Kulze
Fiction writer A. E Kulze reads from her story "The Ladybugs," followed by a conversation with podcast hosts Andrew Grossman and Kate Sadoff.
Kulze talks about her writing process, the role of the unconscious in forming the whole, and the joy of a perfect editorial cut. She also speaks more broadly about gender and domesticity, the failures of contemporary feminism, and the Desert Mothers, who've been largely forgotten to history.
"The Ladybugs" was published in NER 43.2 (summer 2022).
Episode 20: Milia Ayache & Amina Hassan
Hosts Andrew Grossman and Kate Sadoff present an excerpt from the play "Splits/kin," co-authored by Milia Ayache and Amina Hassan, followed by a conversation with the authors.
They talk about their process of collaboration, the influence of fairy tales and founding myths, and the global love affair between fathers and their television sets.
The excerpt from the play is performed by Leslie Sainz and Andrew Grossman.
"Splits/kin" was originally published in NER 43.2 (summer 2022) as part of the international feature on Lebanese writers.
Episode 19: Helene Achanzar with Tejas Srinivasan
Helene Achanzar reads her poem "Chicago," followed by a conversation with Tejas Srinivasan about poetic structure, the realities of labor, modern paintings, her beloved home city, and more.
Helene Achanzar is the winner of NER's 2022 Emerging Writers' Award. A Filipina-Canadian poet and educator, she is an associate editor for Poetry Northwest and director of programs at the Chicago Poetry Center.
Her poems “Chicago” and “Etymology” were published in NER 42.4 (fall 2021).
Episode 18: Jennifer Shyue & Cuban Fiction in Translation
Lu Mila and Michelle Marquez read two works of short fiction by Cuban authors Anna Lidia Vega Serova and Jorge Enrique Lage, both translated by Jennifer Shyue.
Podcast host Madison Middleton interviews Shyue, who talks about how she fell in love with translation and details some of the pleasures and perils of this exacting and creative work.
Both works of fiction were originally published in NER 42.1, in spring 2021, as part of the "Cuban Literature Today" feature.
Episode 17: Jesse Lee Kercheval with Rebecca Amen
Jesse Lee Kercheval reads her essay "Crash," followed by a conversation with Rebecca Amen. The short essay interrogates the author's memory of a shocking car accident that took place more than 50 years ago. In the interview, Kercheval further explores the nature of memory, essay writing in general, and her work as a translator of Uruguayan poetry.
"Crash" was originally published in NER 42.2 (summer 2021). This episode was produced by Rebecca Amen, Middlebury College class of 2022.
Episode 16: Michael McGriff with Yardena Carmi
Michael McGriff reads an excerpt from his poem "Questions for the Interrogation," followed by an interview with Yardena Carmi. Their conversation explores the poem's tribute to rural Oregon and Pablo Neruda, the limitations of memory and language, and McGriff's work as a translator.
This excerpt from "Questions for the Interrogation" was originally published in NER 42.1 (spring 2021). The episode was produced by Yardena Carmi, Middlebury College class of 2023.
Tejas sounds like an NPR dude.
Super soothing highly entertaining
Stories are well read, the sound is clear and well put together. It’s really great if you have a project and want a dynamic podcast that sort of just tells you stories. All different kinds of writing forms and styles.